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Old 03-14-2014, 05:37 PM   #91
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Depends on the number of active radar sites in a given area. In this case, it's mostly open ocean so it probably wouldn't be too difficult. BUT - a 777 flying at a low enough altitude to avoid all radars would be sucking down fuel at a phenomenal rate
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:46 PM   #92
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Depends on the number of active radar sites in a given area. In this case, it's mostly open ocean so it probably wouldn't be too difficult. BUT - a 777 flying at a low enough altitude to avoid all radars would be sucking down fuel at a phenomenal rate
Ok, it has been reported the plane had hours worth of fuel so depending on what it had and from were it "vanished" a landing may not be dismissed entirely.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:38 PM   #93
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A 777 is not designed for low-level flight. These guys were following air routes at altitude, not hiding. Landing would take a long runway. Of course, if they had only one more use for the plane, they would not care about damaging the brakes on landing --- if they made it without any landing guidance system.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #94
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Hummmm....

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...62922401,d.aWM

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To land a 777 you need a runway at least 5,000 feet long. The airplane seems to have diverted 40 minutes north of Kuala Lumpur, with enough fuel to travel 2,500 more miles. Hansman estimates there are around 500 runways within that range long enough to accommodate a plane that size.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:52 PM   #95
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Nice read Idaho. I wonder if they would have to use the glide scope to help them land ? It seems if they used it would turn on some type of GPS to keep track of altitude and such. I'm definitely no pilot or expert, just thinking out loud.
Imagine if the plane got into the wrong hands and they put a nuke in it. Lord have mercy.
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Dirty bomb or Bio, Much cheaper.

Or.

777-200 is a big plane.

Got big buildings?

https://www.google.com/#q=tallest+bu...s+in+the+world

Just thinking.....
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Yup. The family's of the missing must be going through real tough time not knowing either way what's happened to to their loved ones. Them more this thing drags out the worse it gets.
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A 777 is not designed for low-level flight. These guys were following air routes at altitude, not hiding. Landing would take a long runway. Of course, if they had only one more use for the plane, they would not care about damaging the brakes on landing --- if they made it without any landing guidance system.
So where and how do you hide a 777? Even if the people wanted to land this plane on land,you're going to attract attention either during the landing or after or both.

There's been o lot of speculation about how difficult it is to turn off the transponders - I never been in a 777 cockpit,but have been in 757 and 767 cockpits and it's no big deal to turn them on/off or to standby positions. They're located on the center console between the two pilots - they're accessable to both pilots and have to be. The pilots have to dial in the transponder code assigned to their flight,plus the flight crew has to be able to reach them to be able to dial in a discreet code in case of a hijacking attempt.

I'm just as baffled as anyone else is especially since it's now been 7 days since this occurred plus the fact that no sizeable debris has been sighted.
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That is the whole deal right there, Yes I do know that 10,000 square miles is a lot to search but at the same time something should have floated by now.
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If the debris is in the Bay of Bengal, it would depend on the volume of low-level air and surface traffic in the area. My guess there is not much. If they made it to Myanmar, there are many remote areas there.
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